Uber customers in India can now hail a rickshaw with the ride-share app, but it’s cash only. Uber Technologies launched the new feature, uberAUTO, late last week.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
The service, the only one of its kind offered by Uber globally, breaks away from the company’s cashless-payment model. Riders must pay cash to drivers of vehicles known in the city as autos. Fares will be charged by meter according to state-set tariffs. For Uber’s other services, customers are billed through credit cards or a local online-payment service, Paytm.
From an Uber statement on its blog: “Autos are an iconic and ubiquitous part of the Delhi landscape and we are excited to have them as another option on the Uber platform.”
The company has been building up investment cash as it aims to keep up a rapid pace of global growth.
Jenn Stanley is a freelance journalist, essayist and independent producer living in Chicago. She has an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.